Zalmi’s Haider Ali, Umaid Asif suspended ahead of PSL final for violating bio-secure bubble

According to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the two met people from outside their designated biosecurity bubble and failed to maintain social distancing.

The cricket board said the incident occurred on Wednesday and the decision was made early Thursday morning by the Covid-19 tournament management panel.

“The two cricketers were found to have not interacted with any other members of the squad at any time after the incident and were placed in room isolation,” the PCB statement said.

Additionally, Haider Ali has been retired from tours of England and the West Indies, respectively.

Sohaib Maqsood has been appointed as his replacement for the two tours during which the Pakistan men’s national cricket team will play three ODI and eight T20I, in addition to two tests in Jamaica.

“Sohaib has had a stellar PSL season, in which to date he has scored 363 runs in 11 games with an average of 40.33 and a hit rate of just under 153. He has represented Pakistan in 26 ODI and two T20I, with their last appearance in T20I being against New Zealand in Hamilton in January 2016, “said the PCB.

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